Updated: Strange version of a late Friday news dump but apparently the House Republicans held their strategy discussion with an open mike in the room that was broadcasting to the press room.
Mr. Binker has the audio at the end of his blog post, which features this splendid example of bipartisanship:
Stam emphasized that only Rep. Davis Lewis, a Harnett Republican and chairman of the Elections Committee, should speak to the redistricting provisions â€œbecause David can obfuscate more than anyone I know.â€
Here’s the audio embed via the News & Record:
Some of the what was noted in the Under the Dome story:
House Speaker Thom Tillis reminded members not to talk about “Democrats,” but to counter individuals by name.
“This is not about Democrats, because we have Democrats voting for this budget,” he said. “Please, do not go after the Democrats. If you want to go after an individual member for saying something stupid, gut punch them. These five Democrats are going after her (Gov. Bev Perdue.) We’ll go after the governor; when we have a veto override.”
WRAL had this tidbit about redistricting strategy from the same meeting:
Stam explained that for redistricting, â€œThe plan all along has been to submit this to the courts, rather than the Department of Justice, since this will be the first redistricting plan under the Voting Rights Act submitted to a DOJ controlled by Democrats, let alone Obama.â€
(The DC Circuit Court, which is where the redistricting plan would go, is considered quite conservative.)
â€œYâ€™all need to be raising money for our outside counsel for after session adjourns,â€ Stam joked.
(More later, I’m sure)
In the Char-O Michael Biesecker (who should get the hat tip for this one) highlights the main reason we’ll see a rush for a constitutional amendment to “protect” marriage:
Rep. Mark Hilton, a Catawba Republican, told members of his caucus in a closed-door meeting today that groups supporting a constitutional gay-marriage ban need a vote this year so they can organize their get-out-the-vote campaigns.